Man On A Ledge
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -4

Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Genesis Rodriquez. Action/thriller.

FILM SYNOPSIS: An ex-cop who’s just escaped Sing-Sing for a crime he didn’t commit is seeking justice and a little vengeance. He has set in motion a high-tech robbery with the aid of his family and a beautiful NYPD negotiator who specializes in talking suicidal people off the sides of tall buildings. Is she being duped or a part of his plan?

PREVIEW REVIEW: If you suspend your suspension of disbelief for the slightest moment, the story falls apart. As with most of these high-tech suspense movie theft capers, the longer they go on the more implausible they become. Their success generally depends upon the likability of the film’s cast. Here, that’s what makes the film. Each of the four leads has an effective on-screen chemistry. The guys are downright likeable. The girls, well, they’re downright lovely – and good actresses to boot.

The language is my main trouble with the script. The s-word has become the new “damn,” and it is now frequently used by members of the Hollywood community, both sexes, in nearly every movie. But more troubling is my old complaint: nobody in these action films can raise their voice in frustration without uttering “Jesus,” or “Jesus Christ,” or “God---.” Sorry to be graphic in my description, but I included them to make my point. (It’s done in the film at least 13 times.) Do we really want to spend our entertainment dollars listening to every lead cast member misuse God’s name or our Savior’s?,p>By the way, this film’s MPAA rating description is PG-13 for violence and brief strong language. Brief? The combo of obscenities and profanities comes to 29. That’s brief? Profaning God’s name or Christ’s a total of 13 times is brief?

When most in Tinseltown are sensitive to the sensibilities of every other group, why are they still continuing to insult the followers of Christ? Are they aware that it offends us? Do they care? Do we?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Around 16 obscenities, mostly the s-word.
Profanity: Thirteen profane uses of either God’s name or Christ’s.
Violence: Some violence ranging from a prison beating to threats of jumping from a building ledge to other beatings as our hero tries to escape from the cops. A little blood from beatings.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Another disturbing aspect is hearing the NY City onlookers cat-calling the man on the ledge, enticing him to jump.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up.

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